Ecuador: Former Minister Admits to Taking Bribe from Odebrecht

Posted on March 2, 2018 • Filed under: Corruption, Crime, Ecuador

Mosquera: ‘I come to apologize to Ecuador and confess the crime’ – machine translated

Sara Ortiz “I come to apologize to Ecuador and confess the crime .” With this message, the former Minister of Electricity Alecksey Mosquera began his statement in the lawsuit for money laundering that takes place this Friday, March 2, 2018 in Quito. Before the Criminal Court of the National Court of Justice, Mosquera accepted that he received money from Odebrecht , but according to him it happened after he advised on “the road that should take (the construction company) to continue their activities in the country .” On April 24, 2017, then-President Rafael Correa pointed out that the payment of USD 1 million from Odebrecht to Mosquera, Minister of Electricity in his Government, was an ” among private ” agreement. And he dismissed that amount as bribes or bribes. “Where is the problem?” Correa asked. In the Court, Mosquera indicated that this money was not for the construction of the Toachi-Pilatón hydroelectric plant , but told Odebrecht that “the future of Ecuador was the high-energy projects that are in the Amazon basin .” However, at the trial hearing against Mosquera, which began on March 1, 2018, the Prosecutor’s Office proved otherwise .



The investigators presented 19 crime proofs . They documented that USD 1 million was paid by Odebrecht with transfers involving companies such as Klienfeld Services , offshore of the construction company Odebrecht, from which the money was transferred to Tokyo Traders SA , an offshore company incorporated in Panama that has as a representative Marcelo Endara and as final beneficiary to Alecksey Mosquera. Likewise, the Prosecutor’s Office said, the transfers that were accounted for from Tokyo Traders coincide with the disbursement schedule that Hidrotoapi SA , contractor of the Toachi-Pilatón Hydroelectric Project, made in favor of the Brazilian company Odebrecht , contractor of the work. “The institution that financed this work was the Ecuadorian Investment Fund in the Energy and Hydrocarbons Sectors, of which Alecksey Mosquera was a member in his capacity as Minister of Electricity,” the Prosecutor’s Office revealed. Read Full Article

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